NBA GPP Pivots: Saturday 1/9

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Louis Cangiano
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Point Guard

De’Aaron Fox - Sacramento Kings (vs. Portland Trail Blazers)

Lillard totaled 67.25 DK points against the Timberwolves over 29 minutes on the court. Fox has looked good this season but has yet to break out for a massive game. With that said, his FG/3PT percentages are fine and his fantasy point per game average is solid at 34.3 DK PPG. It’s only a matter of time before Fox has that 60 point upside at low roster percentages. Tonight could be that night. The matchup is fine against Damian Lillard, a player who I expect to be highly owned tonight. Fox could be the perfect pivot play for GPP purposes. The Kings are +5 point underdogs with a high 237 O/U.

Other PG Option: Malcolm Brogdon - Indiana Pacers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

Make sure to check the Rotoworld NBA Optimizer before lock! Here you will find the top plays paired with accurate projections which will help you create your lineup!

Shooting Guard

Devin Booker - Phoenix Suns (vs. Indiana Pacers)

Booker has been a tough play so far this season. He’s only averaging 33.9 DK points per game with a 48 % FG percentage. His floors have been high but his ceilings have not. Booker will matchup up against Oladipo most likely. This matchup may have worried me in 2015 but tonight, Booker should be able to score at will. The Pacers are -3.5 point favorites with a 215 O/U. Most would recommend this play for cash games only but we all know Booker has an upside. Against a Pacers team that is “shutdown” against opposing point guards (Brogdon is a solid defender) but weak defending the shooting guard, this could be the perfect matchup. At reasonable salaries around the industry, lock him in.

Other SG Option: Cole Anthony - Orlando Magic (vs. Dallas Mavericks)

Small Forward

Luka Doncic - Dallas Mavericks (vs. Orlando Mavericks)

The top play of the day. The Mavs will be without Josh Richardson and Dorian Finney-Smith. Doncic will be able to run the offense and do his thing. This could be great for Dallas tonight as well as fantasy owners of any existing Mavericks. With such minimal offensive talent on the roster tonight, look for Doncic and Boban to carry the load. Yes, I said Boban - Love the big man tonight! Rostering Vucevic and Boban in the same lineup makes a lot of sense but I’ll discuss that play below in the “Center” section. Doncic might not be a pivot but needed to mention him.

Other SF Option: Cedi Osman - Cleveland Cavaliers (vs. Milwaukee Bucks)

Power Forward

Giannis Antetokounmpo - Milwaukee Bucks (vs. Cleveland Cavaliers)

Stars and Scrubs night all the way. If you can fit the Greek Freak, do it. Between Luka and Giannis you could be looking at 130 + fantasy points. The Cavs are banged up at the moment without Garland and possibly Sexton. I don’t see Drummond and/or Nance having the ability to shut down Antetokounmpo. Even over three quarters, Giannis will reach value. The Bucks are favored by -13 points with a 222 O/U.

Other PF Option: Dario Saric - Phoenix Suns (vs. Indiana Pacers)

Center

Nikola Vucevic - Orlando Magic (vs. Dallas Mavericks)

This play comes with a pairing play. If you invest in Vucevic, also invest in Boban Marjanovic for the same lineup. Boban is a DFS player’s dream. Point per minute wise there’s no one better. Rotoworld has Boban projected for 12.0 points at a minimum salary on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Yahoo. On a 7 game-slate, this could be the pivot play needed for some lineup flexibility.

Other C Option: Myles Turner - Indiana Pacers (vs. Phoenix Suns)

Bargain Bin

PG Cole Anthony

SG Trey Burke

SF Cedi Osman

PF Maxi Kleber or Dario Saric

C Boban Marjanovic

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